STUDENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
love them back to life
For $40 a month, you can support a student in our programs as they find restoration from addictions and life controlling problems. Sponsoring a student is a practical way to meet the needs of the student as you help to cover the living expenses and cost of care for the duration of his or her stay.
When you sponsor a student, you will receive the following:
A photograph of the student you are supporting
Opportunities to write and encourage your student
An invitation to your student's graduation from the program
Sponsor a Beauty for Ashes FAMILY
I came to Beauty for Ashes wounded and hopelessly bound by chains of addiction. Separated from my child and searching for how to free us both from those chains I did something I wasn't sure would work; I prayed. God heard my cries and brought us to BFA where I have found freedom in every way. Wounds have healed into scars that show God's goodness; as the chains that once bound me fall I see the beauty of his unending grace. I am seeking a future in studying God's Word and giving back to the ministry that helped save my life and my child's life. My pain has been repurposed for his Glory and I am committed to help others come to know and experience the goodness and love of Jesus Christ.
For the past 17 years I've lived my life in shame and guilt with regrets. I never even thought about loving myself. After another failed relationship, my 3 year old and I had no car, no money, and were living in a motel. I cried out to God for help. I wanted better for my daughter so we came to BFA. While being here I'm learning how to love my daughter. I no longer live in regret and I'm becoming the woman God wants me to be. I have such a wonderful bond with my child now. My next goal is to learn job skills and learn to live independently. I'd like to become a Christian drug abuse counselor.
Beaten and bruised was the name of the game; losing it all for a high that in the end never left me the same. The price was losing my two daughters from what I had done. I cried out in agony in my addiction when I found out I was pregnant with a son. Self-sufficiency only got my son and I so far. There was something missing. That something was God and He was able to mend these mind altering scars. My journey led me to BFA where my hate, fear, and anger is exposed, diminished and transformed. Because God brought me here, love is my new normal and God is releasing the shackles that once bound me. I am surrounded by people who love me. I am working on my GED here. I have my son and I love to live! I want to live. Working on myself is painful sometimes but God is worth it. This is my home. This story isn't over until God says it is.
I was rejected by everyone in my life. In my searching for love I started using drugs which led me to Iose everything. I was the walking dead with no hope and chained by addiction. Coming to BFA I found life and hope. I am currently in the extended care program to help reach my short-term and long-term goals. I completed the G.E.D and did an internship. I am now serving in the Beauty for Ashes Daycare. My driver's license has been reinstated. A long-term goal of mine is to go to Bible College. For the rest of my life I am going to live for Jesus and will be the mom God intended me to be.
Before coming to Beauty for Ashes my life was spiraling out of control. I was in a very abusive relationship and was clinging to anything to numb the brokenness that I felt inside. When I found out I was expecting, I cried out to the Lord for help. I knew he had given me this child to save my life; now it was my turn to surrender to His will. Since coming to BFA, God is showing me a love that I have never experienced and I am learning to trust again. By surrendering to His will I am choosing life, for myself and for this precious child that He has blessed me with. I want to return to be the Godly mother I know He has called me to be. I don't have it all together and I am a mess on some days. But I am Jesus' beautiful mess and I want to share the love of Christ with others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Before I entered the Beauty for Ashes program, I had no idea how to live a successful, happy life. I was lost in darkness and totally without hope. Beauty for Ashes is my home. Here I have learned to live, really live. The Lord has taken my heart of stone and turned it into a heart of flesh. I have complete faith in Jesus Christ, I am working diligently to be the best mom I can be, and I am currently giving back to Beauty for Ashes, serving as the House Supervisor. I am holding my head high and walking with integrity, which is more then I ever would have imagined myself doing “in my former life."
2 Corinthians 5:17
Sponsor a Teen Challenge Fredericksburg student
Knowing and learning more about Jesus Christ I can see the path I was heading down was a dark one that would've left me unknowing and uncertainty. My drug addiction started when I was 16 and I can say I wasted 4 and a half years of my life. Going into Teen Challenge has really changed my life.
I am 20 years old. I grew up playing football and even played in college for a semester. After being put on academic suspension I began to spiral out of control using prescription pills and other drugs. Then before I knew it I overdosed and flat lined twice. Teen Challenge has helped me understand that without God nothing is possible, but with God everything is possible.
I was adopted at the age of 2 and had a great childhood. Sports, vacations, and loving parents. That all changed when I was 12 years old and my father died. The next few years I did not make good decisions for myself. Drugs and drinking became a way of escaping my reality. I managed to graduate college, get married, and have a daughter. Even with all of that my addictions still remained. I hit rock bottom and surrendered making plans to come to Teen Challenge. At Teen Challenge I was finally able to address all the hurts and pains from my past. I also found hope and healing with my daughter. God has restored what the locusts took. Without Teen Challenge I would not be the man I am today.
I was adopted at the age of one by a wonderful Christian woman. Around my mid teens I got exposed to drinking. Eventually it grew out of control and it was my way of escaping the world. Eventually I finally stopped fighting against God and fully surrendered to him. God has blessed me beyond all I could imagine. I got my G.E.D. God has worked miracles in my family. Our relationship which once was so damaged by my rebellion has been restored and is stronger than ever. I owe God all the praise and glory. I would not be here if it wasn't for the grace of God and the love and support of the staff at Teen Challenge.
I am a grateful believer in Christ and a recovering addict. I allowed substances over time to take control of my life and lead me down a path that was undesirable and away from God. At the end of this dark road, I finally found myself out of options and out of time. Concerned family informed me about Teen Challenge and encouraged me to go. I decided to give it a shot and have not looked back. I am supremely grateful for the stellar staff, who through experience and wisdom guide us daily toward a better life through Christ. I have been in the program only a short while but can already attest that God is working in me, through this program. I am very excited to see what He has in store for me down the road. Teen Challenge really does transform lives for the better every single day.
Growing up I didn't have the best childhood. The only time God was mentioned in my house was during grace at dinner. Unfortunately, it was never explained to me why we said it or even who God was. Both my parents battled addiction so my family was very dysfunctional. Through my early experiences I started to feel unloved, unworthy, and insecure. I never felt good enough. This made me shut out the world and isolate myself so I wouldn't get hurt. I was lost and alone until I tried drugs and alcohol for the first time. They allowed me to escape my thoughts on how I thought other people thought about me. I felt free, but little did I know I was walking into a trap that would take over my life for many years. The trap of addiction almost killed me twice and left my two kids and wife without a father and husband. But God had a different plan for me and I'm so thankful that he has opened the door to Teen Challenge for me and gave me this time to surrender to His plan for me. I am ready to build an intimate relationship with Jesus that He has always wanted and that I desperately need.